WOOSTER, OHIO – The York College men's basketball squad pushed their win streak to six with an 87-77 win over Ohio Wesleyan in the opening game of the 2019 Great Lakes Invitational hosted by the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
York (Pa.): 9-2
Ohio Wesleyan: 5-4
Score: York 87, Ohio Wesleyan 77
FG: York 31-for-52 (59.6%), OWU 28-for-58 (48.3%)
3PT FG: York 12-for-25 (48%), OWU 13-for-30 (43.3%)
FT: York 13-for-20 (65%), OWU 8-for-11 (72.7%)
Rebounds: York 23, OWU 33
Assists: York 19, OWU 16
Turnovers: York 9, OWU 14
Blocked Shots: York 3, OWU 1
Steals: York 11, OWU 6
How It Happened:
• The Spartans got off to another quick start as they opened the game on a 14-3 run over the first five minutes of the game. On the run, senior Darin Gordon netted six points while junior David Giuliani added four points. The Bishops cut the Spartan lead to six at 20-14 but York answered on an 8-0 run to take a 28-14 advantage.
• Ohio Wesleyan scored the next two buckets to cut York's lead to ten but the Green and White again answered, this time with a prolonged 19-6 spurt as York's lead grew to 23 with 3:11 left in the stanza. The Spartan advantage grew to a high of 24 on a Tristan Kent put back but the Bishops closed out the second half with an 8-0 run, cutting their halftime deficit to 16 at 51-35.
• York was blistering in the first half as they shot 69% from the floor and 57.1% (8-for-14) from three. The Spartans also forced 11 Bishop turnovers which led to 17 Spartan points.
• The offensive pace slowed in the second half as the Spartan lead vacillated between ten and 19 points over the first 14 minutes of the stanza. The Bishops trimmed the York lead below double digits for the first time in the half on an Ethan Stanislawski jumper with 4:21 left in the game. The Spartan lead was trimmed to eight but that's as close as the Bishops would get as the Spartans killed the clock and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line over the final 1:26 to salt away the win.
David Giuliani: 17 points, 2 rebounds, 7-for-8 FG
Jared Wagner: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals
Darin Gordon: 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals
Riley Dobraniecki: 11 points, 1 rebound, 1 blocked shot, 3-for-5 FG, 2-for-4 3PT
Ethan Stanislawski: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 8-for-15 FG, 5-for-9 3PT
Jaret Gerber: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 7-for-15 FG, 5-for-13 3PT FG
Tim Kiefer: 9 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
The Spartans are now 2-0 all-time against Ohio Wesleyan with both wins coming during in-season tournaments … York last faced Ohio Wesleyan on November 23, 1996 in Lancaster, PA as part of the Franklin & Marshall Sponaugle Tournament … York went over 80 points for the eighth time this year … York finished the game shooting 59.6% from the floor, that's the seventh time this year York has shot over 50% from the floor in a game … the mark is also 0.3% better than the previous season best of 59.3% at Gwynedd Mercy … York's 48% accuracy mark from three is the second-highest total of the year, just missing the 50% (14-for-28) at Gwynedd Mercy … York was limited to a season-low four offensive rebounds in the win … York was out-rebounded by ten caroms in the game … it's the first time this year York has lost the battle on the glass and won the game … York is now 8-0 when leading at the half … the 10 point margin of victory was their second lowest of the year … York is now 2-0 on a neutral floor … York attempted less three pointers than their opponents for just the second time this year … York placed four players in double figures and they are now 9-0 when putting at least three Spartans in double figures … York had just nine turnovers in the win and they have recorded just 25 turnovers in their last three games, conversely, they have handed out 68 assists in those three games … senior guard Jared Wagner passed former teammate Blayde Reich on the all-time scoring list … Wagner now has 1,147 points, good for 21st on the list and just two points back of Todd Witmer (1,149) for 20th place … Wagner passed former Spartan great Jeff Landis for second on the all-time assists list as Wagner now has 429 for his career … Wagner is just three steals short of tying Landis (243) for the all-time steals mark … sophomore Riley Dobraniecki set a new career-high with 11 points in the win including a pair of three pointers … junior David Giuliani reached double figures for the eighth straight game as he is averaging 17.1 points per game during York's six game win streak … senior Darin Gordon reached double figures for the second time this year with 13 points as he was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor including 2-for-2 from three … sophomore Colin Rimel was also perfect from the field as he was 3-for-3 including 2-for-2 from three as he chipped in with eight points in the win.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday afternoon as they face off against #6 Marietta in their second game of the Great Lakes Invitational. The game is slated for a 12:00 pm start in Wooster, Ohio.